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21 Days
Availability : All year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Kathmandu
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the most untouched and serene trekking trails in the northern Annapurna region, offering excellent views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, and more. The trek commences in Bhulbhule and leads you through a scenic route to the villages of Nar and Phu. Along the trek, you can immerse yourself in remote villages, narrow canyons, lush forests, impressive rock formations, encounters with yaks, visits to ancient Buddhist monasteries, and exposure to unique Himalayan cultures. Situated in a remote area between the renowned Damodar Kunda and the Annapurna region, the Nar Phu Valley is home to diverse ethnic groups such as Gurung, Magar, Manangi, and Bhotes, who have practiced Tibetan Buddhism for centuries. Explore the Tibetan villages, still retaining their traditional charm and yet untouched by the modern world.

The Nar Phu Valley trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu along the Lamjung Highway to reach Bhulbhule. We will stop at Chyamje to begin our trek. Our route takes us through Koto and Meta before reaching Phu Village. In Phu Village, we will visit the iconic Tashi Lakhang Monastery, which is listed among the 108 best monasteries in the world. From there, we will continue our journey through the mountains towards Nar Village, accompanied by Lamjung Himal, Tilicho, Annapurna, and many others. Upon crossing the Kang La Pass, we will return via the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. Following the trail, we will cross the world-famous Thorong La Pass and reach Muktinath, located in the lower Mustang region. Finally, our journey will conclude with a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

 

Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trek are:
  • Jawdropping views of Mt. Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak.
  • Explore Tibetan culture and tradition.
  • Visit the hidden valleys.
  • Explore ancient forts.

 

SPECIAL OFFER: EVEREST BASECAMP TREK

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket cost.
  • 3-night stay at the 4-star hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one in Kathmandu on a breakfast basis.
  • 16-night stay throughout the trek in a local lodge on a room-basis.
  • 1-night stay at the Hotel Crystal Palace in Pokhara or a similar one on a breakfast basis.
  • The hotel accommodations are basic twin-sharing.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • All porter services (one porter can carry 18 kilo of luggage and share between two clients; both clients are suggested to bring 9 kilo of luggage each).
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment and accommodation.
  • National Park entrance fee, trekking permit and TIMS card.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • First-aid kit.

Price Excludes

  • Your personal expenses.
  • Food and beverage bills.
  • Tipping (tips).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
  • Donation at temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Personal hiking gear, personal kits.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind.
  • Any other items that are not mentioned in the included section.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival at the airport, an Asian Heritage Treks & Travel representative will be there to greet you, holding your nameplate. From the airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Along the way, you’ll pass through some important landmarks, including the Pashupatinath Temple, the Royal Palace Museum (also known as Narayanhity Palace), and the Garden of Dreams, before reaching Thamel, the tourist hub where your accommodation is located. The streets of Thamel offer plenty of opportunities for exploration.

Includes: an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one.

Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu and Preparation for the Trek

Today is your free day in Kathmandu. After having breakfast at the hotel, you have multiple options for how to spend the day. Kathmandu is a diverse and culturally rich city with plenty to offer. You can visit one of the three most important religious sites: Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple (one of the biggest pilgrimage sites for the Hindu religion), and Boudhanath Stupa (a one-of-a-kind stupa reflecting Buddhism in the world). Furthermore, you can wander around the streets of Old Town or search for souvenirs or tokens of love for your friends, relatives, or family. In the evening, we will bring you to our office and introduce you to the trekking guide. If you need any equipment for the trek to buy or rent, your guide can assist you.

Includes: breakfast and an overnight stay at Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar one.

Day 3Kathmandu to Bhulbule (840m) driving duration: 6-7 hours

We start our drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule in the west direction for about 6 to 7 hours. During the drive, we will be accompanied by the serene surroundings of the countryside, with various picturesque views of rivers, fields, hills, and forests along the way. On reaching Bhulbhule, check in to the lodge and get some rest.

Includes: breakfast and an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 4Bhulbule to Bahundanda (1310m) hiking duration: 5-6 hours

Starting today, we embark on our trekking journey, departing from Bhulbhule Village. We’ll pass by the waterfall alongside the riverbank before climbing up and reaching Bahundanda, where we’ll spend the night. If there’s any time left, you can explore the village.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 5Bahundanda to Chyamje (1400m) hiking duration: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we continue on the trail to Syange Village, passing through fields and local settlements for about two hours. Following a short descent, we’ll cross a long bridge over the Marsyangdi River to reach Syange. The trail from Syange steadily ascends from the river, leading to a vertical climb to Jagat. We then proceed along a rocky path, passing through a tall, picturesque waterfall, which finally brings us to Chyamje.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 6Chyamje to Dharapani (1860m) hiking duration: 5 hours

Have your breakfast and get ready to head towards your next destination, Dharapani. The trail follows the bank of the Marshyangdi River, and you will begin ascending to reach Tal, where you’ll enter the Manang district. The trail then passes through barley, rice, and potato fields, as well as pine forests. After a while, you will arrive at Kodo Village, which leads to Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the larger villages in the Manang Valley. Upon reaching Dharapani, check into the lodge and take some rest. Later, you can explore the surroundings.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 7Dharapani to Koto (2619m) hiking duration: 6-7 hours

Continuing the walk along a mule track nestled amidst fir, towering oak, and maple forests, we proceed alongside the riverbank for a while. Along the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Mount Manaslu and Peak 29. The trail leads through a pine forest until reaching Latamarang. Take a short rest before we resume our hike through the forest towards Koto.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 8Koto to Meta (3638m) hiking duration: 7-8 hours

After having your breakfast, we will pass through a checkpoint, and after completing the formalities, we will continue our trek along the riverbank of Soti Khola. We will be moving past pine forests, rivers, and suspension bridges before we reach Dharmasala. After walking for some time through woodland, we ascend steadily to reach Meta Village. From here, we touch the base of the Tibetan Plateau and have a splendid view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 9Meta to Phu Village (4250m) hiking duration: 7-8 hours

After breakfast, we continued our trail along the riverbank and came across some mani shortens. We then climbed from the riverbed until we reached the entrance of Phu Valley. From there, we trekked for about two hours to one of the hidden villages, Phu Village.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 10Acclimatization Day at Phu Valley

Today is your acclimatization day in Phu Village. It is better to acclimatize to the environment instead of resting at high altitude. Since you are in the hidden valley of the Annapurna region, explore the surroundings as you can gain insights into Lama, Ghale, and Gurung culture and lifestyle. You can also explore one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and enjoy the magnificent vistas of the Himlung Himal and the other snow-capped mountains in Phu Valley.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 11Phu Village to Nar Village (4150m) hiking duration: 6-7 hours

After having your breakfast, you will trek back to Phu Gate Khyang and continue on your way to Narrow Village. Along the way, you will see some beautiful gorges and waterfalls, along with a view of the mighty Pisang Peak. After some gradual walking, we will cross the narrow gate at the top of the hill and reach Nar Village.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 12Explore Nar Village

On the twelfth day of the Nar Phu Valley trek, we will explore another hidden village in the Annapurna region: Nar Village. You can spend the day hiking to nearby areas or immersing yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Nar Village.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 13Nar Village to Ngwal (3660m) via Kang La (5322m) hiking duration: 8-9 hours

Today, we have a challenging and long day. Nevertheless, it is very worthwhile as we traverse through the Kang La Pass. As we reach the top of the pass after a quick ascent, we have a magnificent view of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Afterward, we cross the Kang La Pass and descend for an hour to a grassy lane that leads us to Ngawal.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 14Ngwal to Manang (3549m) hiking duration: 4-5 hours

After breakfast, we continued on our trail, flanked by grasslands on both sides. Along the way, one can admire Braga village, notable for its splendid monastery, adorned with stupas and mani walls. The towering peaks of Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134 m) loom before us. Following a brief ascent, we reach Manang to spend the night.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 15Manang to Ledar (4250m) hiking duration: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we move further towards Thorong La. We traverse over a trail that passes through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and ascend to Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi River. From Tenki, you will walk continuously upwards to Ledar. On the way, you can see the herds of blue sheep grazing on the steep slopes. After reaching Ledar, check in to the lodge and rest for a while before exploring the surroundings.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Day 16 Letdar to Thorong High Camp (4600m) hiking duration: 5-6 hours

Leaving Letdar behind, we’ll ascend steadily to a ridge before descending to the Marsyangdi River and crossing a wooden bridge. After a brief climb up the path on the bank, we’ll proceed further to Thorung High Camp.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 17Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) hiking duration: 6-7 hours

Shortly after leaving Thorang High Pass, we’ll reach Thorong La Pass. From there, you can enjoy outstanding views of Gangapurna, Annapurna, Thorong Peak, and Khatung Kang Peak. We then descend to Muktinath, which takes about 4 to 5 hours. Upon arrival, we’ll be greeted by prayer flags and superb views of Dhaulagiri. Muktinath is also home to many Tibetans and Buddhists. You can explore the surroundings of the Muktinath temple and enjoy the village ambiance.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 18 Muktinath to Jomsom (2715m) via Kagbeni (2810m) hiking duration: 5-6 hours

In the morning, you can do the traditional puja at the Muktinath temple, which is believed to bless you with salvation from your sins. Later, we descend down to Kagbeni, which gives a flavor of the isolated Mustang, and a division of the Sakya Buddhists can be found.

Includes: an overnight stay in an available local lodge.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 19Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, flight duration: 30 minutes

After having your breakfast, you will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, taking about 25 minutes. On reaching Pokhara, check in to the hotel and rest or do some sightseeing around Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city that offers a big lake, temples for Hindus and Buddhists, caves, and mountain views. An ideal way to experience the beauty of Pokhara is by taking a boat ride on Phewa Lake, which offers views of the Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Includes: an overnight stay in the Hotel Crystal Palace or a similar hotel.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 20Pokhara to Kathmandu, driving duration: 6-7 hours

Leaving behind the tourist capital of Nepal, we drive for around 6 hours to reach Kathmandu. Enjoy the vegetation while you’re driving back, and on the left side, the Trishuli River will be accompanying you throughout the way. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can rest and relax in the hotel, or you can stroll around the streets of Thamel, looking for souvenirs, handicrafts, or tokens of love for your loved ones. This marks the end of the Nar-Phu Valley Trek.

Includes: breakfast, an overnight stay in a Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa, or a similar hotel.

Day 21Departure

The Nar Phu Valley Trek comes to an end today. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up with a private van and drop you off at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight back to your home or other destination.

Have a safe journey onward, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Including: breakfast.

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